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Kyrie Irving returns to practice with Brooklyn Nets, feels ‘grateful’

Kyrie Irving returns to practice with Brooklyn Nets, feels ‘grateful’

  • Nets
Dec 30
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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was spotted during the practice session with the team on Wednesday.

Irving, who is unvaccinated, has reportedly been given a green light from the NBA’s health and safety protocols and has started preparing for a return. His first opportunity to play could be on January 5 against the Indiana Pacers.

“Not going to lie,” Irving said. “It’s been relatively tough to watch from the sideline. … But if I get the opportunity to get on the court and play with some of my teammates, even if it’s just on the road for away games, I’m grateful for that opportunity.”

The 29-year-old was sidelined so far this season since he has not been compliant with local rules in New York regarding COVID-19 protocols in indoor public areas.

“I knew the consequences,” Irving said of his unvaccinated status. “I wasn’t prepared for them, by no stretch of imagination coming into the season. I had my thought process on being able to be a full-time teammate and go out and have fun and provide a great brand of basketball out there. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen like that. Things happen for a reason and now we’re here and I’m grateful for this.”

Fellow teammate Kevin Durant was also glad that ‘Uncle Drew’ could return to the court.

“With us getting ravaged by COVID, and us being down so many bodies, it felt like the perfect time to add a fresh body back into the equation, somebody who can bring so much to the floor,” Durant said on his podcast about Irving’s return. “We just needed it. I think that was the most important thing, that we needed more bodies out there. Adding Kyrie to the equation just makes us so much better as a team. He was down, we were down, it was pretty simple, to be honest.”

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